Michelle Foreman's Blog Posts

Your October Home Checklist

The leaves are falling, the farmers markets are bustling and the cozy comforts of home beckon — it must be October. Make the most of this month’s bountiful harvest, get some exercise

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Secrets No One Tells You That'll Help Your House Fetch Top Dollar

Secrets No One Tells You That'll Help Your House Fetch Top Dollar prosado/iStockMaybe you’ve bought and sold a home before, or maybe this is the first time. Regardless, now you need to get top

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Buying a home? Pay attention to which grocery stores are nearby

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Home Inspection Myths

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Pros and Cons of Smart Appliances

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Why millennials aren't becoming homeowners

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Thinking about selling your home? Do these tips before!

https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/selling-your-house-projects/?cid=eo_em_mkt_buysellnewsletter2Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394

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Some DIY tips for your house

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10 things to help you get top dollar for your house

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Will a recession affect housing?

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What you need to know about researching home prices

What You Need to Know About Researching Home PricesThere are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others.Image: HouseLogic When it’s time to sell

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Down Payment Strategies for First-Time Homebuyers

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comDown Payment Strategies for First-Time Home Buyers Even

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Considering a fixer upper for your first home?

Is a fixer upper for you?  The below article might help you figure it out.Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww

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Projects in Uptown Dallas

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Dallas is the new millennial hub

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/business/Dallas-Outranks-All-in-Attracting-Young-Professionals-512992421.htmlMichelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394

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DF-W a top area for home price gains

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/07/18/texas-citiesamong-tops-country-home-price-gainsMichelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394

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Decorating trends designers say are making a comeback

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What is an interest rate and how does it work?

Not sure what what an interest rate is or how it works?  Read below!  https://www.thebalance.com/what-are-interest-rates-and-how-do-they-work-3305855Michelle ForemanFourth Generation

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DFW Housing Snapshot

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor

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Why you shouldn't trust online real estate price estimates

Confused on who to trust on home values?  The below info may offer some insight.  Questions about any of it, or just real estate questions in general?  I can help!Michelle

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How much do I need to work to rent in Dallas?

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comIf you thought San Francisco and New York City were the

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North Texas Home Sales Moving Right Along

North Texas home sales are on the move!  Interested in buying, selling, leasing, or just have a real-estate related question?  Feel free to contact me!Michelle ForemanFourth Generation

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Which salary is needed to purchase a house?

Interested in buying, selling, leasing, or just have real estate-related questions in general?  I would love to be a resource!Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC:;

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Home Remodeling is a multi-BILLION dollar market!

Interested in home remodeling and have some questions?  Contact me, I would love to be a resource for you.  Interested in buying, selling, or leasing?  I can assist with that also

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Is DFW becoming a home buyers' market?

Is North Texas becoming a home buyer's market?  Info is below.  Are you looking to buy, sell, lease, or just have real estate-related questions?  I would love to be a resource

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DFW saw population growth

Interested in the North Texas growth?  Info is below.  Looking to buy, sell, lease, or just have real estate questions in general?  I would love to be a resource!Michelle

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North Texas Prices Up In Past Year

Interested in the North Texas housing market?  Info is below.  Looking to buy, sell, lease, or just have real estate questions in general?  I would love to be a resource!Michelle

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Texas Housing Sets Another Record

www.michelleforemanrealtor.comMichelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, TULC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comTexas Sets Housing Records for 4th

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D-FW a top ranking hotel and retail market

D-FW is a top ranking market for new hotels and retail buildings.  Interested in buying, selling, or leasing in the area?  Contact me!  www.michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com 

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Texas Ranks 2nd for Incoming Residents

People are still moving to Texas, especially the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Interested in buying, selling, or leasing, give me a call!www.michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comMichelle ForemanFourth

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Quick and easy organization tips

Want to get your house in shape, but struggling to find time.  Try these quick tips!Have additional real estate-related questions or interested in buying, selling, or leasing in the Dallas-Fort

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Verbal agreements over inheritance in Texas--are they enforceable?

In a sticky situation and need some additional info about whether verbal agreements are enforceable?  Read below.  Have other real estate-related questions or interested in buying,,

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Protect your house

A house is often a long-term investment.  Want a few tips on how to protect it?  Read below.  Have more real estate-related questions or interested in buying, selling, or leasing in

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What does a kitchen designer cost?

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen, but not exactly (or even remotely) sure what it will cost?  Info below.  Have any other real estate-related questions?  Contact me!Michelle

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Housing industry fighting labor shortage

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comLAS VEGAS — The housing industry still has a

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2019 Housing Forecast

Hearing news all over the board about what the housing market might do in 2019?  Read below!  Have additional questions on anything else real estate-related?  Contact me!Michelle

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Fastest Growing Retirement Locations

Trying to decide where to retire?  The below info may help.  In the DFW area and need to sell your property before you move?  Call me!Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas

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50 items to get rid of

Cleaning out items is hard.  Moving and trying to figure out what to purge might be harder.  Below are 50 items you probably don't need.  Have additional real estate questions or

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What types of homes did Texans purchase in 2018?

All types of properties were sold last year, but what were Texans purchasing?  Have other real estate-related questions or have a question about your home?Michelle ForemanFourth Generation

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Fully gutted and renovated condo in East Dallas

Looking for a fully updated condo in East Dallas, look no further!  Interested in other properties or have a question about your own?  Contact me!Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor,

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Private homes with community living--is that an option for you?

Curious about community living and if it is for you?  Read below for additional info.  Have other real estate-related questions, or interested in buying, selling, or leasing?Michelle

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What is an easement and can it affect me?

Heard of an easement, but not exactly sure what it is or if it can or will affect you?  Info is below.  Have any other real estate-related questions or needs, contact me!Michelle

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America's 10 Fastest-Growing Retirement Spots

Looking to retirement and move, but not sure where.  Consider the below options, America's fastest-growing retirement spots.  Looking to sell your property in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,

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Can the Landlord Keep the Deposit and Rent?

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.com A tenant for a property I manage entered into a lease

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Remodeling your bathroom? Don't forget to factor in these...

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, TULC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comOf all the spaces in the house, the bathroom is the one that we

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Dallas County December 2018 Housing Report

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, TULC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comInterested in seeing how December 2018

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Mortgage rates are down! Will it last for long?

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, TULC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comSmall changes in mortgage rates can have a big impact on the housing

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Boost Curb Appeal In A Weekend

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comHOME SELLING     First

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7 Red Flags To Be Aware Of When Buying A Home

Not exactly sure what to be aware of when purchasing a new property?  Seven tips are below.  Have more questions about anything real estate-related?  Contact me!Michelle ForemanFourth

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Tips for Packing Moving Boxes

You’re moving into a new home and have decided to do it yourself? Great! It’s an excellent way to save money. First, check out these tips for packing all those boxes and making your move

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Is this year a buyer's year in real estate?

It looks like 2019 could be a buyer's market in real estate, but that's not necessarily a good sign for the economy.Home prices, while still higher than a year ago, are pulling back in most major

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The closing date has passed and you haven't closed. What happens now?

It happens sometimes.  You were supposed to already have closed on the property, but...it has not yet closed.  What happens now?  Is the contract automatically terminated if the

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Curious how Texas home buyers and sellers compare to national trends?

Ever wondered if you are in the majority or minority in regards to trends when it comes to property buying or selling?  This link has all the info you will want to know!  https://www

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DFW Home Price Increase

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comDallas-area home price gains slightly outperformed the

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Live in the DFW area and curious what your house might be worth?

Reach out to me at the below contact info and I'll get the info to you!Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww

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What do I do to get my house ready to sell?

Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.com HOW TO GET YOUR HOUSE READY TO SELL IN 10 EASY

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Ways to declutter your home in 2019

The new year tends to spark motivation in many people.  Cleaning motivation something you are looking for?  The below info is tips on how to declutter your property.  Michelle

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Looking for a mother-in-law suite or back house area in East Dallas? I have the place for you!

Hard to come by property in East Dallas.  Use the back house as an office, a guest space, a mother-in-law suite.  So many options!https://matrix.ntreis.net/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?k

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Holiday electricity costs and tips to save money

Don't want to cringe when you see your Christmas lights electricity cost? Try using some of the tips below this holiday season to keep your bills in check.Tips, Tricks & Smart Solutions to

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What is a transfer on death deed?

What is a transfer on death deed?  You would assume transfer of title to real property would be straight forward, but...it is not always.  Info about deed is below.Have any other real

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Can you enforce a verbal real estate agreement in Texas?

Curious as to whether you can enfore a verbal real estate agreement in Texas?  Read below.  Have any other real estate-related questions?  Please contact me at:Michelle ForemanFourth

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How will the Fed's interest rate affect you?

Curious as to how the interest rate can affect you?  Read below.  Have any other real estate related questions?  Please contact me at the below.Michelle ForemanFourth Generation

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Tips to staging your house during the holidays

Curious as to whether or not you should stage your house during the holidays?  The answer is yes!  Below are some tips.Have other real estate-related questions?  Please contact me

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Can any animal be an assistance animal?

Wondering if assistance animals are allowed in properties?  The below will answer it for you!  Any other real estate-related questions?  Michelle ForemanFourth Generation

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Can Landlords Limit Certain Dog Breeds Because of Insurance?

Info taken from https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/posts/assistance-animals-and-landlords-insurance/I manage a property with a no-pets policy and am in the process of leasing it. The

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Do I Need Permission To Access My Own Property?

Some landowners in Texas cannot access their landlocked property from a public road without crossing over private property owned by someone else. There is no automatic right of access, but there are

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Curious about DFW statistics from September?

Curious about how the DFW housing market did in September?  The info is below!  Interested in your specific area?  Please contact me at the below info and I will assist.Michelle

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Mortgage rates are climbing, but...are still near historic lows

For real estate questions or needs, please contact:Michelle ForemanFourth Generation RealtorC: 214-394-2487michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.comwww.michelleforemanrealtor.comMortgage rates remain

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Bridge Loans and How One Can Help You Purchase Your Next House

Looking to purchase a home, but struggling to find the funds.  A bridge loan might be for you...Michelle ForemanFourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban LivingC: 214-394

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Reading and understanding a survey

Have a survey, but not exactly what it is or what things mean?  The below can answer your questions!  Have any real estate-related questions or needs?  Please contact

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Why do I need a pre-approval letter?

Ever tried to purchase a house?  Were you told you need a pre-approval letter, but were not sure why?  Here is your answer...Make sure you get a pre-approval for a mortgage, not a pre

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2018 Garden Trends

Trying to decide how to create your garden?  These below trends might assist.Have questions about other trends or anything else real estate-related?  Contact michelleforemanrealtor@gmail

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Dallas Fun Facts

DALLAS FUN FACTSThe frozen margarita machine was invented in DallasThe integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in Dallas in 1958The 52 foot 'Big Tex' statue that

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What does mortgage mean?

Ever hear the word mortgage and not know exactly what it is?  Now you will...What is a mortgage?Answer:A mortgage is an agreement between you and a lender that gives the lender the right to

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Dallas area hotel growth second only to NYC

Dallas' hotel building boom shows no sign of a let up.The Dallas-area had the second highest total of new hotel projects in the pipeline at midyear. Only New York City had more new hotels in the

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Sales in North Texas bounce back

After a decline in June, North Texas home sales bounced back in July with a 6 percent gain from a year earlier.And sales prices last month were up 6 percent year-over-year in the just-released

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N. Texas residents stay in homes 11 years on average

File Photo/staffTexas leads the country in home building, which contributes to a younger housing stock and shorter resident tenures. And in fast-paced economies in the state — especially the D

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Does that count as a bedroom?

Listing your house and wondering what is considered a bedroom?  Below is a good explanation of what does and does not count as one.There’s no single legal definition for a bedroom in.

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Study shows 80% prefer single-family home

Dallas is enamored with the American Dream.The dream that involves a single-family home in the suburbs with access to the types of wide-open highways that American planners dreamed up decades ago

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Info about Texas Homestead

The Texas Constitution and Property Code provide that the homestead of a family or single adult is protected from forced sale for purposes of paying debts and judgments, except in cases of purchase

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DFW builders starting record number of houses

North Texas builders started the most number of houses in the second quarter in almost 12 years.More than 9,900 Dallas-Fort Worth-area home starts were recorded — 12 percent more than in

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Bathroom Upgrades Edge Out Kitchen Renovations

Bathroom Upgrades Edge Out Kitchen Renovations in Popularity If you’re among those who get excited about renovating your bathroom but feel less enthusiastic about pouring money and energy into

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Dallas area has been a top spot for California transplants

Dallas-Fort Worth was one of the top destinations for domestic migrants from California in 2017, according to a recent study.There were 1,051 moves from coastal California, the home of some of

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Dallas is top U.S. home market

Dallas' housing market gets top marks in a new consumer study by JPMorgan Chase.The banking giant teamed up with Pulsenomics to ask homeowners about current market conditions, their aspirations for

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June 2018 Housing Statistics

Interested in current housing statistics?  You can find them at this link!httphttp://michelleforeman.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/For any real estate needs, please contact Michelle Foreman at

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DFW Housing Market Update

Curious at to how various areas of DFW compare to each other?  This info contains the most recent info.  http://texassecuretitle.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/June2018.pdfFor all

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Tips to lower your summer electric bill

The temperature may be getting higher, but that doesn't mean you want your bills to be higher.  Here are some tips to help reduce electricity costs during the summer.  1. Switch

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